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The IDSA Leadership Institute is a year-long leadership training program designed exclusively for mid- or senior-career infectious diseases and HIV specialists.

Participants will join a growing community of ascending leaders from diverse practice settings and collaborate with their peers to identify and draft a solution to a pressing leadership challenge within their place of employment.

The program begins with a live, three-day intensive investigation into personal leadership philosophy, team management practices, and professional accountability and evaluation and continues with regular distance learning sessions for one year.

The live portion of the 2020 IDSA Leadership Institute will be held in Washington, D.C. from Monday, May 4, 2020 to Wednesday, May 6, 2020. The distance learning sessions will be held once-a-month following the live training. Attendees must commit to attending the full live-training and 75% of all distance learning sessions. For additional information, please review the Program Schedule.

Important Dates and Deadlines

Application Opens: 12:00 p.m. (EDT), Monday, September 9, 2019

Application Due Date: 5:00 p.m. (EST), Friday, November 8, 2019

Recommender Extension Due Date: 5:00 p.m. (EST), Friday, November 15, 2019

Application Review Period: December 2019 through January 2020

Application Announcement Period: January 2020

2020 IDSA Leadership Institute Live Training: Monday, May 4, 2020 to Wednesday, May 6, 2020

2020 IDSA Leadership Institute Distance Learning: Monthly, June 2020 to May 2021

Questions

Contact leadershipinstitute@idsociety.org

 

The 2020 IDSA Leadership Institute is intended for mid-career or senior physicians ascending into leadership roles within the near term or seeking to address areas of need in an existing leadership role.  Unlike other physician-leader training programs, the IDSA Leadership Institute is designed specifically for infectious diseases and HIV specialists.

IDSA seeks to create a personally, professionally, and academically diverse cohort each year and, as such, cannot provide an ideal candidate profile. All interested individuals should review the Eligibility Requirements and Program Information sections to determine if the program is the right fit for their training needs.

All Leadership Institute candidates must meet the following criteria at the time of application:

  • Active IDSA membership
  • Engaged in clinical practice of infectious diseases, clinical or basic research, administration, teaching in infectious diseases, public health, or a related field as primary professional activity
  • History of substantive service to the profession locally, regionally, or nationally
  • Minimum of five years relevant professional experience
  • Evidence of deep intellectual curiosity and growth mindset

It is important that our learning community represents the full diversity of the IDSA membership. As such, we strongly encourage women and individuals under-represented in medicine to apply.

Applicants must submit a complete IDSA Leadership Institute application, including:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • One (1) professional recommendation
    • See Recommendation Information for additional information

All materials must be submitted via the IDSA Foundation: Application Management System.

IDSA does not accept applications or support materials via email, mail, or fax.

Program Information

IDSA Leadership Institute participants will:

  1. Recall and apply strategies for participating in effective learning communities
  2. Construct a plan to achieve long-term career goals
  3. Construct a plan to meet an urgent challenge in their place of work
  4. Examine the skills and practices of effective leaders in medical and nonmedical contexts
  5. Develop fundamental medical and nonmedical business management skills
  6. Increase self-awareness by recognizing and regulating their emotions
  7. Evaluate their personal leadership style
  8. Enhance their cultural competency
  9. Enhance their emotional intelligence
  10. Develop the skills to promote and advocate for the work of infectious diseases specialists

The live training portion of the IDSA Leadership Institute is scheduled to run from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., daily, beginning Monday, May 4, 2020 and concluding on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. A final schedule will be made available with program acceptance notifications.

The distance learning sessions will be held once a month following the live-training portion of the schedule. Participants are asked to hold the following dates and times. Each session is expected to last approximately 90-minutes, but participants are asked to block the full two-hours on their schedule.

Note: The following schedule is tentative and subject to change. A final schedule for distance learning sessions will be made available with program acceptance notifications.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020:                       3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020:                         3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020:                   3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020:             3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

IDWeek October 2020                       (TBA)

Tuesday, November 10, 2020:           3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 8, 2020: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, January 5, 2021:                   3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021:                3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021:                    3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021:                       3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

May 2021 (TBA):                                 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Note: Attendees must commit to attending the full live-training and 75% of all distance learning sessions.

                                  

CME and MOC credit will be available for both the live training and distance learning portions of the IDSA Leadership Institute.

Note: IDSA is unable to offer pediatric MOC credit for this program.

The Leadership Institute will be held in Washington, D.C. Accommodations are not included in the program fee. IDSA will provide instructions to selected attendees to secure space in an IDSA negotiated room block at a nearby hotel during the acceptance process.

Is there an application fee?

No. There is no application fee.

Is there a program fee?

Yes. The program fee for 2020 is $4,995.00.  

What is included in the program fee?

  1. Arrival Reception and Orientation – Sunday, May 3, 2020
  2. Most meals*
  3. Institute reading materials and post-Institute trainings
  4. CME/MOC credit

*Provided meals:

Breakfast: Monday, May 4 through Wednesday, May 6

Lunch: Monday, May 4 through Wednesday, May 6

Dinner: Monday, May 4 and Tuesday, May 5

The program fee does not include travel or hotel accommodations.

Does IDSA offer financial assistance?

IDSA offers limited financial assistance. Assistance is intended only for those individuals who would otherwise be unable to participate in the Leadership Institute. Participants may receive a travel grant to help offset the cost of travel and/or a registration grant to help offset the fees associated with registration.

To learn more or apply for financial assistance, review the optional financial assistance section of the application.

When will I be charged?

Participants will be invoiced upon acceptance. Payment is due within 30 days of the invoice date. Failure to pay may result in disqualification.

What is the cancellation/refund policy?

All cancellation and refund requests must be received in writing.

  1. Cancellation requests received on or before Monday, April 6, 2020 will receive a full refund.
  2. Cancellation requests received on or between Tuesday, April 7, 2020 and Monday, April 20, 2020 will receive a refund equal to one-half the program fee.
  3. Cancellation requests received on or after Tuesday, April 21, 2020 will not receive a refund.

What makes for a successful leadership challenge project?

Your project should meet the following criteria:

  1. The project addresses an existing and established need within your place of employment.
  2. You have the authority (or endorsement) necessary to enact your project.
  3. You should be able to make meaningful progress within the program year.

Can I use an existing project for my leadership challenge project?

You may use an existing project so long as there is a meaningful opportunity to grow the project over the program year and you have the authority or endorsement to do so.

Applicants are required to secure one significant recommendation to the apply to the IDSA Leadership Institute.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to review our Recommendation Guidance with their potential recommender at least three weeks before the application deadline. Applications missing a recommendation will be marked as incomplete and disqualified from consideration.

Recommendation Guidance

As part of their training, Leadership Institute attendees will be required to identify a leadership challenge within their place of employment and work with their program peers to design a plan that addresses that issue. The success of such projects often hinges on the institutional/organizational support available to the participant. To ensure that all participants have the support necessary to participate in the Leadership Institute and implement their leadership project and training goals, we require that recommenders be stakeholders with a sustained, professional relationship with the applicant, familiar with the leadership project the applicant is proposing, and in a position to support the implementation of the project.

Recommenders are required to submit a letter of recommendation and complete a competency evaluation form. Effective recommenders will meaningfully address the following questions in their recommendation letter:

  1. What supports and obstacles exist to implementing the applicant’s leadership project?
  2. What are the applicant’s professional strengths and weaknesses?
  3. What are the applicant’s training needs?
  4. What are the applicant’s professional ambitions? Are they likely to achieve them?

Recommendation letters should be no more than three pages. Recommendations must be submitted in the PDF format and uploaded through the application management system. Competency evaluation forms are also completed through the application management system.

Finally, recommenders will be asked to complete two, short progress evaluation surveys. The first will be sent approximately six-months into the program, and the second will be sent at the program’s conclusion. The surveys should take approximately 15 to 20 minutes each.

No recommendations will be accepted via email, mail, or fax.

 

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